Organizations deploy numerous solutions to monitor, alert, analyze, and share information – all to improve user experience. Finding the best tool or solution for the job can be stressful and time-consuming. Teams often test many tools simultaneously, which leads to disorganization and confusion over where to look when it’s time to solve a problem. Hence, the purpose of this series.
Each blog will cover a description of the category, vendors, common features of the tools, and relevant Catchpoint integrations.
Categories to be covered include:
With modern software development practices, teams must utilize continuous integration and delivery methods. Add automation and cloud to the mix – it’s impossible for manual testing to keep up. And so, it’s vital for teams to take advantage of configuration management solutions.
The purpose of configuration management (CM) and release solutions is simple; to keep your team focused on more critical tasks. CM solutions automate much of the menial, tedious work that was once done manually by sysadmins.
Configuration management and release solutions:
- Make it quick and easy to reproduce any element of infrastructure
- Allow you to replicate, automate, and deploy uniform changes to any or all parts of infrastructure
- Facilitate modern development’s ever-changing nature
Using a comprehensive CM tool, you can package code as needed and also provision it throughout different stages of the development process.
Combining CM and a digital experience monitoring tool means you can provision synthetic monitoring from the end user’s perspective immediately when applications and services are deployed.
Catchpoint’s goal is to ensure companies are providing the best possible digital experience for their users. When your team is focused on new and improved features or bug fixes, and not tedious configuration, you’re therefore improving customer experiences and company bottom-line.
An integration between configuration management tools and a DEM solution means you can deploy monitoring to all machines, in uniform, simultaneously – increasing efficiency and also improving quality assurance.
This Catchpoint integration provides 3 key benefits to your team:
- Create and run synthetic tests from any node as part of deployment
- Automatically run tests before deployment to ensure everything works properly
- Run tests continuously once code is deployed to production, which allows for automatic and continuous monitoring
Catchpoint configuration and release integrations:
Ansible allows engineers to orchestrate, deploy, and configure applications all within one system. Playbooks are Ansible’s configuration language. You can use Playbooks for deployment to remote machines and also to sequence multi-tier rollouts. The tool also allows for delegation to other hosts and interacting with servers and load balancers.
Puppet provides users with automated testing and deployment, review capabilities, and version control. The app also allows for automated development workflow with continuous delivery for both applications and containers.
Chef replaces manual processes, runbooks, and brittle scripts with automation code. You can test code for accuracy and quality before deployment. Chef also simulates real environments to give insight on how your changes might impact production.
SaltStack is an open-source configuration management software for managing remote execution. It uses Python and also offers full-stack application orchestration and drift detection and remediation.
Terraform is an open-source tool from HashiCorp that allows users to create, change, and improve infrastructure. You can also share, edit, review, or version codified API configuration files.